Amendment of Rule 180.12(e) - as of April 8, 2019

The USATF Board of Directors approved an emergency amendment of Rule 180.12(e), changing the time limit to initiate an attempt in a field events from 30 seconds back to 60 seconds. This amendment takes effect as of April 8, 2019.
This action was based on a request from the Rules Committee so that USATF rules to be consistent with the recent change made by the IAAF Council to IAAF Rule 180.17, returning to the 1 minute time limit for field events. Given that both the USATF Championship and U20 Championship qualify athletes for competitions contested under IAAF rules, a request was made for an immediate change to the USATF rules. This past weekend, the USATF Board of Directors approved this request, with immediate effect, for all USATF sanctioned competitions.

See this email newsletter for more details.

NOTE: The NCAA has NOT changed their rule, it is still 30 seconds per the 2019-2020 Rulebook.

A "New Year" reminder to all USATF officials

  • Please check to confirm that your USATF membership has been renewed for 2019. Since multi-year memberships are discounted, sometimes we forget when it is up for renewal. Because your official’s certification is dependent on having a current USATF membership…when your membership expires your certification does too. It’s easy to re-activate, just renew your membership!
  • Background Screenings expire every two years, and you are required by USATF to renew it to be certified. Before yours is due to expire, log back in to the NICS website to renew your clearance. For that reason, it’s helpful to keep your log-on and password on file for access in the future. If you renew a month or so in advance of your expiration, the two-year extension will start on the date of the expiration, (but you still may get a notification that your screening is expiring).
  • If you took the SafeSport training several years ago, it is still valid, but word has it that, come the new Olympiad in 2020, in addition to all officials being required to re-certify, we will all be required to re-take the SafeSport training too. Last year it was revised to be comprised of three separate sections (with three different certificates). So, watch for this as 2020 approaches.
  • If you have any questions, please email Phil Ozell, Certification Chair, at phillip.ozell@gmail.

2019 USATF Track and Field Championship Meets

The Officials application for 2019 USATF Track and Field championship meets is available [link to form].

  • The window for applying will remain open until midnight Pacific time / 3:00 AM Eastern time on October 15-16, 2018.

ALL MASTER AND NATIONAL LEVEL OFFICIALS may apply for the three meets listed below. Competition officials for these meets will be chosen the USATF Selection Committee on Nov. 27-28, 2018. These meets are:

  • USATF Indoor Championships - February 22-24 - Staten Island, NY
  • USATF U20 Championships (Junior) - June 21-23 - Site TBA
  • USATF Sr. Outdoor Championships - July 25-28 - Des Moines, IA

CERTIFICATION CHAIRS will be notified when an application from an official in their association has been entered for these three meets and is ready for evaluation.

ALL OFFICIALS (including Apprentice and Association level) may also submit their interest in the following meets. Officials' information will be forward to the respective Officials Coordinators for these meets. Competition officials will be selected by those meets. They are:

  • USATF Masters Indoor Championships - March 1-3 - Winston-Salem, NC
  • USATF Masters Outdoor Championships - July 11-14 - Ames, IA
  • USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships - TBA
  • USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships - June 25-30 - Durham, NC
  • USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships - July 22-28 - Sacramento, CA

Officiating Opportunities

  • View list of Officiating Opportunities [link]
  • To have an event added to the opportunities list, send an email to Darren "DJ" Johnson,, USATF Georgia Officials Committee Vice Chair.

Recertification Requirements for 2017-2020 Olympiad

  • See our Recertification Instructions page [link]
  • You begin the Background Screen process on the USTAF website on the Certified Officials Background Screen page [link].  This is the direct link to Begin the Application process [link].

Officials Certification Application Forms

  • New/Recertifying Officials Certification Application Georgia Association [PDF] as of November 23, 2016
  • New Officials Certification Application USATF National Organization [PDF]
  • Recertifying Officials Certification Application USATF National Organization [PDF]

Officials Resume Form

  • Officials Resume form [PDF] [Word] for USATF Georgia

Officials Travel Grant Request Form

  • Officials Travel Grant Request form [PDF] [Word] for USATF Georgia

Officiating Resources and Best Practices

  • USATF Officiating Resources and Best Practices [link]

Certfication Level Upgrades

New officials start at the Apprentice level.  The rules and regulations regarding certification level upgrades can be found on the USATF National Officials Committee web site [link].

Level Disciplines 

The following disciplines are offered for certification under the Level System. Level disciplines require a minimum certification level.

Officials Committee

Cindy Slayton

Darren Johnson
Vice Chair

Phil Ozell

Wendy Collins